Philadelphia: Ben J. Nusbaum, 1893. Item #41678
1st edition, original paper wrappers. 8vo, 8 pages. Series I. No. 9. On cover: “Discourses of Rabbi Dr. Henry Berkowitz, Before Congregation Rodef Shalom.” Delivered on Friday, March 31, 1893. Singerman S025. “In 1892 [Berkowitz] was called by the Congregation Rodeph Shalom (Philadelphia). In this city he helped in the establishment of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies (1901) and the Philadelphia Rabbinical Association (1901)…. Berkowitz founded the Jewish Chautauqua Society in 1893, where he served as chancellor, which was his key contribution to developing American Jewish institutions and educations. When the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) was founded in 1889 and he became a charter member. According to the same biographical sketch, he drafted a formula on meditating congregations and rabbis while he worked at CCAR as a committee chairman…. Berkowitz was strongly against Zionism. He vigorously opposed those who insisted that contemporary Judaism demanded creation of a national Jewish state in Palestine with his widely publicized statement ‘Why I am Not a Zionist’ at the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) convention in Cincinnati in 1899.” (wikipedia) Not listed on OCLC. Singerman lists 5 holdings of Berkowitz’ discourses, though 3 of those holdings are either “scattered” or “undetermined,” so may not include this publication. Some edgewear, internally clean. Good Condition overall. (AMR-67-19-'d'kk'r).